You may have heard that menopause can wreak a havoc of problems on your daily life. Well, it's true. Some of the problems can be anything from nausea, to vomiting, to hot flashes and night sweats, to weight gain and hair loss. But did you also know that some women may experience mouth problems during menopause? As weird as it sounds, a variety of issues can occur during menopause, that have to do with your mouth, including bad breath, weird taste, gum sensitivity, and even gum disease and bleeding gums. Thus, menopausal women and women approaching menopause should pay attention not just to certain aspects such as their weight, but to their body as a whole including their mouths.
If you're between the ages of 45 and 55, you may be menopausal or approaching menopause. Unfortunately, this time in your life can and probably will bring many problems, including mouth problems. If you're approaching menopause, then this means your hormones levels will soon start to fluctuate and drop. A decline in estrogen levels can lead to many risk factors, including reduced bone density. This in turn, can increase the risk of osteoporosis and other bone conditions. This is significant when it comes to your mouth, because the reduced bone density will also take place within the jawbone, which can then lead to other mouth related problems such as losing teeth.
Luckily there are ways to prevent such problems from occurring. Here are a few tips:
In addition to certain issues associated with bones and menopause, your gums can easily be affected during this new time in your life. Discomfort and pain can be felt in the gums during menopause, plus bleeding and inflammation in the gums are generally increased during this time. Early detection is the key to fight or even reverse gum disease. If your gums are extremely sensitive, inflamed, or pained, it's best to see your dentist. Also keep in mind that seeing the dentist regularly, is the key to early detection as well.
You may not be able to stop menopause from happening, but following these simple tips are effective for preventing and reversing certain health issues related to your mouth and teeth. Health and mouth problems during menopause may happen, but keeping yourself healthy is the best way to combat them.